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How to organize your construction office

One of the most important aspects of any business is organization. In your construction business, one of the key elements you need to keep in mind is that the in-house operations are kept orderly. In the hustle and bustle that is a construction business, it easy for things to become disorganized, and even if some sort of system is established, without proper maintenance, things can fall apart after even just a few days of disregard. Papers get misplaced, tools are lost, employees have miscommunication issues: you get it. Not a pretty picture.

Here are a few ideas that will help you manage your construction business simply but efficiently. Once established, these organizational functions can be easily maintained so that mistakes and miscommunication are far less likely to occur. Throughout the process of re-organizing the inner and outer workings of your construction business, you will hopefully notice a change in your business’ self-presentation and standard of professionalism.

Tool Organization

One of the first rules of keeping your construction business’ tools organized is by sorting your tools by usage. Keep everything together that functions similarly. For example, keep wrenches together but separate from the screwdrivers, and keep screwdrivers together but separate from saw blades. This isn’t too hard to figure out, but often what can happen is the random assortment of small tools together and big tools together. When this method of big vs. small is used, things are more often misplaced as well as misused. Within the separation of tools by usage, there should also be a separation of tools by type. When you keep all of your screwdrivers and flatheads in the same place, it would be ideal to separate the flatheads from the screwdrivers. This way, the amount of each tool is consistently kept track of, and you will never have to dig through one type of tool in the search for another.

One thing you can use for such organization would include boxes or bins: they are GREAT for keeping things separated and in their proper place. Although there is sometimes a huge temptation to keep things in the box they come in, such as nails or screws, if they aren’t sorted into a larger bin with like-items and are kept loosely, it is far more likely for these individual packages to get lost or misplaced.

After all of your tools are sorted into bins of like-items, a good idea would be to establish a numbering system of all the tools in your company’s possession. First, you need to go through and take inventory of every tool you have, just so that you know the quantity of your tools, and how many individual types you have. After you have kept track of just how many of each tool you have, a numbering system can be put into place by numbering your tools from 1 to whatever the final amount is. For example, say you have 15 flatheads and 20 screwdrivers. By numbering each tool with a small sticker, you would put the numbers one through fifteen on each of your flatheads, and one through twenty on each of your screwdrivers.

You would then transfer that information onto an inventory sheet. You might use one page to keep track of screwdrivers and flatheads, especially if they are in the same bin, and then create a table to keep track of what numbered tool was taken out onto a construction site. The contractor using the tool would enter in on the track sheet exactly what date and time they used the tool, and the date and time the tool was returned to it’s proper bin. This would work to prevent any displacement of tools, as well as establish how often certain tools are used.

If you notice there is a tool that goes many months or even a year or two without usage, then you might want to investigate that tool further: is it damaged or broken? Do you have an updated version of that tool that makes the old tool redundant and take up space? Do you need this tool, or can it be used elsewhere?

Another benefit of the tool numbering system is that if a tool is misplaced, you will know exactly what you are looking for. By keeping close track of your tools both by type and quantity, as well as keeping a written record of tool usage, the time it takes to establish what has been lost or misplaced and tracing your steps back to that item will take significantly less time, and will possibly even cost you less if you are able to replace that item instead of having to purchase a replacement.

Paper Organization

Paperwork is the other main aspect of a construction business office that needs to be thoughtfully organized and maintained. With so many papers going through and living in an office, it wouldn’t take more than a day for a whole entire construction project to be thrown out of order if important paperwork is misplaced or lost.

Different types of papers should be kept and maintained in separate ways. Multiple filing cabinets with clearly labeled drawers and folders should be used for separate types of papers. Paper work should be separated first by type, then grouped together by what they are needed for.

Employee information regarding hire as well as their licenses and qualifications should be kept together in the same place, each employee with their own separate folder within the same drawer. These are best kept alphabetically.

Information regarding any and all of your subcontractors should be kept in a separate drawer, including information of your collaborative history with them, as well as a copy of the proof of payment from jobs that they have done with you before.

Billing and payment information regarding all of your employees and subcontractors should be kept in another drawer, also alphabetically organized by the name of your employees. Your subcontractors’ info should also be in the same drawer, but alphabetized separately from your employees. Timesheets and scheduling information should also be kept in this drawer so that you can keep track of the hours each employee worked, as well as whether or not they have gotten paid for those hours. Within each separate employee’s folder, paperwork should be organized by date, so that their latest working information is in the front, and their oldest information is in the back.

Invoices for different jobs should also be kept in the same drawer. This could be organized multiple ways, the top two being by the date of the project or by the name of the project or client. Date might be easiest, so that you can keep all of your current or most recent projects right up front, so they can be easily accessed without having to look back through folders of multiple names and older projects.

When it comes to storing your Blueprints, it might not be best to go with the typical roll-up and placement into some bin. This can cause damage to Blueprints, even if they are kept in a Blueprint tube.

The best and most organized method would be to store your blueprints in a Blueprint storage rack. A Blueprint storage rack will keep your papers neat and less-prone to damage, as well as keep them organized so that they are easy to find. When you roll up Blueprints and place them randomly on shelves in an office place, they are susceptible to multiple types of damages. It also hard to keep Blueprints orderly this way, and it wouldn’t be hard to lose track of one or to misplace it. Using a Blueprint storage rack keeps them all in one place in a presentable fashion that allows you to see the Blueprint you are working on without having to take it out of its placement.

Once you have a Blueprint storage rack, you can keep them organized by date or alphabetically. Again, organizing by date may be slightly more convenient as it will keep your most recent or current Blueprints up front and easily accessible.

When the innerworkings of a company are organized and functioning well, the whole business tends to follow in those same patterns. Keeping the different functions of your construction business organized to a basic yet detailed degree will allow more time for getting the job done without any extra hassle beyond the work itself. When you are working on a difficult project, or even multiple projects, you don’t have time to be disorganized. Any delays or miscommunications that result from disorganization are unprofessional, and businesses may find themselves in serious trouble if they are not trustworthy and reliable to do their job on time and in the right way.

Organizing your construction office in this way is basic but efficient, and the maintenance is even easier. Once the way things are kept and sorted is established, putting things where they belong and keeping track of what paper goes where becomes a regular habit, and a good one at that. Your company will prove to be even more professional and trustworthy as you develop a reputation of being able to work efficiently and on time in the most organized way possible.

How to de-clutter, starting with a Blueprint storage rack

When we all grew up and became adults, one thing did not change much from our childhood: in one way or another, almost all of us still have desks. Whether there’s one in your room at home, one in your college dorm, or one in your office job, we all spend at least some fraction of our adult lives at our desks. Some people have learned over the years and years of being responsible for desks since their grade school days that it is easiest to function with a clean and well-maintained desk.

Some people.

If you are not one of these people, you might find your desk life a little more hectic than you might like it to be. You might lose things easily, because it was there yesterday but its not there today… or was it the day before when you saw it last? You’re not sure. But it was important.

Messy desk life has also caused you to be easily distracted. Even though you are trying to glue your eyes the computer screen, that paper crumpled over there in the corner might be that the receipt you were looking for to return that shirt you bought last week… but underneath that is the picture you and your significant other took on your trip to Hawaii. You wish you were in Hawaii right now.

Stress also plays a major role in the life of a messy desk. Not finding things can cause you to fall behind easily, and the last thing you need is another lecture from your boss or professor about late work. You might also lose things on your desk not related to school or work, like a gift card or someone’s present. You can misplace money and checks, just like that!

Its also not pleasant when other people notice that you tend to keep an unorganized desk. If its peers at college, the biggest deal is that they might judge you, which is not too big a deal. But what is a big deal is when your boss, or boss’ boss, comes into your work and sees that you are not able to keep your area clean. They are supposed to trust you, as an employee, to keep your desk clean in a professional way to reflect the standards of the company. If you are falling behind, and your desk is messy, then it becomes evident that this job really is in no way near your list of priorities.

What you need to do is become one of those “clean desk” people. Which isn’t necessarily easy, by the way, as it is hard to break years and years of the development of a bad habit, but it can be done! Through the initial decluttering process, hopefully you will start to realize some of the effects right away. You will get rid of things you no longer need, add things that will help keep you more organized, and maybe even find that thing you were looking for a few months ago but never thought you’d see again!

Imagine walking to your desk, wherever it may be, and sitting down to look for something and finding it right away because you know exactly where it is. That isn’t meant to be trivial, as a lot of us know that the struggle is very real. Hopefully, if you use this guide the right way, you might see a major change in your desk life, that will hopefully cause a neat change in the rest of your life as well.

 

Paperwork and Blueprint storage systems

Any college student or employee who spends their time at a desk knows that the number one source for clutter is paper. We get so many things handed to us that we are supposed to keep track of, and we are supposed to print out papers to give back. The whole thing can seem like a total nightmare, especially when it comes to deadlines. Even if you know you completed something in time, if you can’t find it, might as well have not done it at all. Teachers don’t give good grades and bosses don’t pay for, “I promise I did it.”

One nifty way to keep your paperwork organized in your office or workspace is the use of a Blueprint storage system. A Blueprint storage system not only offers a neat and compact way to store your papers all in one place, but it also allows you to organize however your situation requires. For example, in a college setting, you might organize your assignments by class, and then by due date. In a business office setting, you can use a Blueprint storage system to organize your clients alphabetically, or your paperwork by due date.

It is important that know exactly how you organized it, because if you intend to stay organized, then you need to maintain the organizational pattern for every future intended use.

Get rid of things that don’t belong.

There are so many things that do not belong anywhere on your desk. You might forget that this includes gum and candy wrappers, or receipts and old post-it notes, simply because that is where they have lived for so long. This is not the case. Their new home (except maybe the receipts, those you might want to keep somewhere at home) is the garbage can.

Its easy to cast aside whatever on your desk, especially when it feels like you’ve got a lot going on, or you think you’ll remember to do it later. This is almost never the case. If you were to keep a trash can under your desk, then it would take half of a second longer to lean under your desk to toss trash where it belongs. Putting it in a random drawer does not count either.

Dishes also do not have a place on your desk. The one exception might be a coffee cup, and if this is the case, then you should keep one coaster on your desk as a reminder.it also gives your coffee cup a specific place to live, so that the coffee cup doesn’t have a chance to get lost either.

Keep your decorations to a minimum.

Too many picture frames and plants and Pokémon balls on your desk only add to the overall dysfunction. You brought these things to liven your desk life, but really, you can’t see them half of the time anyways underneath all the clutter.  Choosing one or two things might be acceptable, as long as they aren’t too much of a distraction from your work. If you want, consider changing the background on your computer or laptop to pictures of your family and close friends, instead of using the space of picture frames at your desk. You can also consider switching out your desk decorations every few weeks or so, if you are interested in changing things up a bit.

Sort the things you do use at your desk.

Desks tend to feature a variety of different tools, but when they are all over your desk of just in a pile inside of your drawer, it is hardly possible to use any of them. Take them all out of their messy hiding, and sort through them. You might find you have unnecessary multiples that you can take home or give away. Whatever you figure that you can use, you should organize into a drawer organizer or small bins inside your desk to keep all these things separate. This includes: pens/pencils/ highlighters, push pins and paperclips, staplers, hole punch/3-hole punch, whiteout, or other office materials. If you want to keep a small cup-holder for pencils and pens on your desk, then feel free to do so.

Keep your cords out of sight.

            The cords to your lamp, laptop, cell phone, or other should not be on display all over your desk. Recoil the length of chargers and cords that you don’t need, and make sure any cord lengths you do need are kept behind your desk near the outlet or run along the back of the top of your desk. This way, there is no chance to get anything tangled or mangled or mangles or swished to the side by any cords you may need.

Maintenance

Now your desk should be pretty well sorted… the only issue left is making sure it stays that way. One tip: keep your desk clean. Use all purpose cleaner and a rag or paper towel to wipe your desk down. This way, it becomes easier for you to want to keep it clean in that way. Also, if you must, you can make labels for where everything goes in and on your desk. This might seem excessive, but whatever helps, helps!

Once you start enforcing the habit of putting stuff where it belongs after every time you use it and remembering to throw your trash away in the bin instead of on the desk, it gets easier and easier. You’ll find yourself less stressed, and more able to focus on your work. It will be hard to return to a bad habit after feeling this good!

Professionalism in the Workplace: Why It’s Important, and How to Achieve It.

Professionalism in the work place is a vital part of becoming a successful business. This seems like fairly obvious and simple concept, but if this was the case, and every company took professionalism to heart, there would be a lot more satisfied clients and customers out in the world. But Yelp reviews and other review sites reveal otherwise. Yes, there are many great reviews of businesses and their professional atmospheres, but there seem to be a equal or greater amount of negative reviews as well, and the businesses with continuous negative feedback tend to not survive.

Professionalism is of key importance to any business, and whether or not you are just starting up or you have been in the business cycle for some time, it is continuously significant that you remember that the atmosphere and attitude of a company should convey trust, which is another vital part of becoming a successful business. Clients need to be able to trust that you know what you are doing, that you will do a good job, and that you respect the people you intend to serve as well as the task they have set before you. Now these things may be true, even though your environment may not be up to the exact standard it should be. Even though you may be good at your job, and your business is put together well enough, without that key factor of a professional environment, these things might not even matter, because new clients won’t be able to look past your incompetent exterior. Which is a shame! If your business has the ability to be trustworthy, strong, and successful, but is unable to prove it is so because no one wants your business based on the inefficient presentation, then it really is a bummer that the one thing holding your company back was the lack of professionalism, which can be easier to convey than you might think.

To get your business up to the standard of what competence looks like, read through these three aspects that you may or may not have considered before. If you have heard of them before or have already consider taking these tools with you to the work place, read through them again to really get it in your mind what you can do to boost the professional atmosphere of your office.

 

For your consideration: Organization

Now this should be a given, but some offices underestimate the power of organization. They might run under the term, “Organized Chaos,” but in the world of truly competent professionals, that is not going to cut it. Even if you think you know where an important file or blueprint is, if you can’t guarantee it’s in a safe location where nothing can happen to it outside of your knowledge, then this automatically wilts the trust that you are supposed to be growing between you and your customers. Organization leads to success both inside and outside of the workplace environment.

Professionalism is conveyed through the indoor location of an office by organization as it has tremendous benefits for the employees of the said office. Efficiency helps a team work more efficiently, and by having a set plan for the locations of papers, files, drawings, or blueprints around the office place is bound to prevent any confusion between coworkers in regards to how the office is managed and where they can find any needed materials.

The organization of the indoor workings of an office also shows professionalism to clients visiting your office for meetings or updates. Say a client stops by unexpectedly and wants to know how the blueprint for their new home is going. If you have to scramble to locate the requested blueprint because you don’t keep them organized with a blueprint storage system, or worse, you are unable to locate it, then not only does that convey to your client that you do not prioritize them or their business, but it also shows the severe lack of professionalism that they should expect from your company.

In contrast, however, say the customer stops by with an unexpected request to view the status of their blueprint, and you happen to keep your blueprints neatly presented and organized with a blueprint storage system, then you can connect your client with the blueprint in no time at all, and not only will they be impressed with your ability to keep your business organized and accessible, but you will also relay the knowledge that they are valued by you, and that they can trust you with their business.

Organization can also help you when you are out on the job, or out of the office, meeting with a client. Knowing exactly where your papers or blueprints are means not scavenging for them last minute, and not leaving anything of importance behind because you knew exactly what you needed and where it could be located. It also means showing up to a meeting prepared and on time because you were able to find everything you were requested to bring with plenty of time to spare. This, again, helps to build that trust with your client as it lets them know that their time is valuable to you.

A few items that might help maintain the office’s professional atmosphere in an organized matter include blueprint storage racks, or blueprint hanging racks, that work to keep every blueprint on file neatly protected from dents or wrinkles, as well as easily accessible by members of your work place. Job jackets can also be used on a more small-scale level to preserve paperwork that may need to be continuously reviewed during a job. Other items might include a filing cabinet for important files your business is bound to encounter, and an organized bin to keep work materials such as paper and pencils available when they are needed

Work Place Appearance

Extending beyond the valued appearance and use of organization in your office, the appearance of the office is a clue to your professional status. Appearance extends to not only the use of the work space itself, but also to the employees and managers representing your business. Office clutter as well as employees that follow no evident dress code appear untrustworthy. How can you manage a client’s business if you are unable to even keep up the presentation of your own?

When it comes to the look of the team within a work place, it is important to not under dress, or to over dress for that matter. How an employee is dressed communicates effort to a client. If an employee spends at least a little time on their appearance before they show up to the work place, then it shows your clients the dedication an employee has to their job, and that they are coming to the office with a mindset of professionalism.

Dressing appropriately for the work place should never only extend to the employees of an office space, but also to the employers. If bosses come to work dressed carelessly, then the example is set for the rest of the office. Be mindful, as you should expect professional attire by presenting the expectation yourself.

Lastly, the office itself should reveal that it is a professional work place through its appearance, and one of the first things to pay attention to is whether or not your office has clutter. Always make sure your office is supplied with enough trash cans to prevent a disarray of garbage invading your team’s space. Make sure the office is cleaned regularly, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring a cleaning crew. This is a healthy habit for your office, and it also shows how much you value your work and the business of your clients.

Office appearance also extends to decoration: there is such a thing as way too much. Make sure that your office is not off-putting with clashing colors and an over abundance of photos or posters, as this not only reflects your taste (or lack thereof) to your customers, but it also presents an unwanted distraction from the important matters at hand. It is also important to avoid being too bland. Again, this is a representation of your taste, and you should make your office a relatively enjoyable environment to visit.

Time Management

Time management is another key to revealing the professional status of a work place. This goes beyond timeliness as it pertains to being early or late for work. It looks more into what you and you employees do with the time you have in and out of the office while you are on a job. Time is money, and wasted time not only costs you, the employer, but also might cost you a few clients if they feel you are not a good manager of their time while they are in business with your company.

One idea for this might be to have your employees, for a period of time, keep track of the way they spend time on a time log. You might be also subject yourself to this practice, as you might waste time of sorts and not even realize. When the period of time is over, collect each employees’ recordings of their work week to see where time is being wasted in some places, or where time should be spent more often in others. This will help you manage the time your office uses to not only remain efficient within the workplace, but also to show your clients exactly how valuable you find their time to be.

Hopefully, these tips have helped you to circle around some ideas on how you can make your workplace a professional one, and beyond that, a successful one. If your company should be successful based on your skill and your purpose, then the best way to show that to the world is through the professional dispositions of you and your office.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Incentivizing Employees and Boosting Productivity (#4 Includes Blueprint Storage Rack)

It’s obvious: most managers strive to eliminate the kinds of disruptions that cause their employees to lose productivity throughout the day. The trouble is, lost productivity rarely has one simple cause. When managers try a one-size-fits-all strategy to get more results from their team, they may often find that their efforts do more harm than good.

To create a workplace that supports your employees and drives them to be as productive as possible requires a multi-faceted approach. You’ll need everyone within your organization onboard in order to really get the ball moving—from the most senior members of your executive team to your most entry level employees. That said, here’s how to motivate your employees and make them more productive (#4 includes blueprint storage rack).

#1. Happier Employees Make Better Workers

A 2015 study revealed that happy employees do better work. In fact, happier participants were 12% more productive than the control group.[1] This most likely translates into not only more personal success but success for the business—aka more business growth.

Here’s the Assumption

Needless to say, some business leaders may feel that it’s just too expensive or challenging to incentivize employees to be more productive; of course, any employee would prefer to have more time off, added benefits, and higher pay—so they say.

The Truth

The truth is, incentivizing techniques, like paying employees more, actually drives companies’ revenue; just ask Waye Cascio, a University of Colorado, Denver management professor, who found that Costco is still more profitable than Sam’s Club even when employee wages are 40% higher.[2]

#2. The Number of Vacation Days May Not Matter  

Companies, like Kickstarter, learned that unlimited vacation policies work better in theory than in practice.[3]

Contrary to what some may think, employees weren’t keen on taking months off. In fact, when the decision on how much vacation to take was left up to employees, they’re more likely to consider the optics than whether or not they genuinely need a break from work; someone who takes a week of vacation every month clearly appears less dedicated to their job versus someone who takes one day a year.

Consider a Vacation Policy That Counters American Work Culture

The lack of vacation days taken shows that it’s not so much the number of days that are the issue but the American work culture—shaming employees if they dare call out. Ultimately, not have breaks from works leads to higher chances of burnout and a loss in productivity.

Combat this by having a common-sense vacation policy in place that encourages employees to take time away from work so that they can recharge and relax, returning back to the office fully ready to work.

#3. Free Coffee Doesn’t Mean Positive Work Culture

Higher-ups may believe that giving employees free food, drinks, or other amenities is crucial to creating the kind of work environment that employers are looking for and can excel at.

However, some companies have found the opposite to be true. Nextivia, in particular, discontinued their free snack program because rather than a nice perk, employees were unhappy when their favorite snacks are unavailable.[4] In this case, more perks—aka more free snacks—didn’t help creative a positive culture.

#4. Increasing Productivity in the Office Starts with a Blueprint Storage Rack

Telecommuting and home offices are big trends in many industries; workers often cite  autonomy as one of the big perks of working from home.

And it makes sense. Having the ability to design your own home office is certainly a plus, but an organized office space is often essential to getting tasks done on time and staying on top of the work load.

When it comes to sorting through large printed documents, there’s no better choice than a blueprint storage rack specially designed to make it easy to flip between documents and select the right one in a matter of seconds. With less time digging for that one file in your cluttered filing cabinet, you can increase your time efficiency and get more done.

#5. Employee Engagement Increases Productivity

Company culture is one of the most important factors when employees choose to leave a job.  But the truth is, over half of the US workforce is not engaged in their work.[5]

This most likely means a dip in productivity, as the more engaged your employees are, the more productive they’ll be. In fact, according to Harvard Business Review, highly engaged organizations have over one-fifth higher productivity (22%).[6]

Companies who don’t keep their employees engaged risk high turnover rates and, with that, more expenses in training employees—possibly as much as 16% of an employee’s hourly salary.[7]

Take Action to Increase Employee Engagement

At the end of the day, especially with millennials moving jobs almost every year, it is important for companies to keep their employees engaged, taking steps like being transparent and treating employees as business partners.[8]

Final Thoughts: Develop Your Workforce

The truth is, high-quality employees create high-quality work. You can identify which skills and general personality traits are most prevalent in your high-performing employers. Work with your human resources department to develop a recruiting plan that seeks out individuals with these skill sets. Making sure new employees are the right fit for your company, versus the best at their job, is an important part of building a strong team.

Consider Internal and External Hires

Many companies overlook their current staff when seeking to fill a new role or backfill a recently vacated position. A fresh outsider’s perspective is valuable, but employees who have been with the company for some time also have a uniquely valuable perspective. Evaluate both internal and external candidates with the same level of scrutiny to avoid creating negative perceptions among your existing employees.

Creating transparent career paths allows each worker to understand how high performance in their current position can lead to a better position in the future. Offering training, job shadowing, and/or other forms of personal development time, helps your employees understand how valuable they are to your company.

What It Comes Down To

Much of creating a company that supports productivity is about utilizing your resources wisely— whether that means designing a training program to better develop specific employee skills to installing a blueprint storage rack in each office.

Overall, letting your employees know just how valuable they are to the success of your organization, and demonstrating it appropriately via bonuses and a suitable benefits package will help incentivize your workforce and boost productivity.

What have you done to increase productivity at the office? How do you incentivize employees to stay on track and produce above-average work? Do you use a blueprint storage rack? Is there a productivity tip you’d like to share? Let us know by commenting in the comments section below.

Summary

  • It’s Simple: Happier employees are more productive
  • In fact, happier employees in the study were 12% more productive than the control
  • Employees need to bypass common misconceptions and take action to incentivize employees
  • One way is by increasing employee salary
  • Surprisingly, Costco which pays its employees more than Sam’s Club, was 40% more profitable disproving the myth that high employee salaries negatively affect company budget
  • Number of vacation days is irrelevant since American work culture shames employees for taking time off
  • Instead of focusing on number of days, consider creating a vacation policy that encourages employees to get out of the office and avoid burnout
  • Free food perks actually may hinder company culture, as was the case with Nextivia—consider using other ways to incentivize employees
  • Increase productivity in the office by installing a blueprint storage rack, which allows for easy storage
  • Employee engagement is an indicator whether employees may consider work elsewhere
  • Sadly, more than half of the American workforce reports to not be engaged with their jobs
  • Highly engaged companies were 22% more productive
  • Not taking steps to counter engagement rate may increase your turnover rate, which can be as much as 16% of an employee’s hourly pay
  • Use resources wisely and consider a blueprint storage rack to boost productivity in the office and allow employees to get more work completed
  • Seek internal and external hires to show and employees that they can move up in the company—another way to incentivize and increase work performance
  • Work with HR to develop a recruitment plan to attract and retain high performers
  • Get every level involved in not just company culture but increasing company productivity

Interested in increasing organization and productivity in the office? Want to decrease clutter?  For more information about a blueprint storage rack, feel free to contact Big Blueprint Hanger.

[1] Fortune: Study: Being happy at work really makes you more productive

[2] Inc.: How Paying Employees More Can Make You More Profitable

[3] Fast Company: Kickstarter Nixes Unlimited Vacation Time for Employees

[4] Entrepreneur: Why Perks Don’t Make a Company Culture

[5] Aon Media Center: Employee Engagement Declining Across the Globe

[6] Harvard Business Review: Employee Engagement Does More Than Boost Productivity

[7] Huffington Post: High Turnover Costs Way More Than You Think

[8] Inc.: 10 Best Ways to Keep Employees Happy, Engaged, and Motivated

6 Questions to Ask to Determine If You Need a Blueprint Storage Systems

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You are up to your eyes in clutter. There is paperwork, folders, and blueprints stuffed in cabinets and spilling out over your desk. You are running to office meetings late becuase you can’t find that project, binder or drawing.

And, coworkers and even your boss seem to be avoiding you because of your cluttered office—which, after months (and even years?) could cost you that promotion, raise, and sense of accomplishment at the office.

How do you prevent your clutter from controling your life and dictating office sociability? When do you need to install a blueprint storage systems? Here are several questions you need to ask about your clutter habits and, from there, determine if a blueprint storage systems is the right choice for you.

1. On a scale o 1-10, how cluttered is your office?

One is no clutter. And 10 means your office is swimming in piles of paper.

If your Office is 1-3

 

If you just have to put up with the occasional cluttered office—a few papers here, a couple disheveled folders there—most likely your office is a one (or even a three). You may just want a blueprint storage systems on the off chance that you are in the middle of an important project and can’t give much time to organization.

If Your Office is 4-7

Yes, you have some clutter. Depending on what project you are involved in and how close you are to deadlines, your desk may see more than your usual amount of lose leaf paper and stickies. However, you make it a point to sort through papers, documents, and blueprints on a weekly basis, and feel like you have clutter (for the most part) under some control.

Of course, you could do better. Basically, your office is a 1-3 during the first two weeks of the month and an 8-10 during the last two. You’d like to get your office to a 1-3 throughout the entire month, which is why you are considering that blueprint storage systems.

If Your Office is 8-10

On the other hand, if your office is a 10, it means you cannot thrive, much less survive with the level of clutter on your desk, on top of your computer, and in your desk drawers and filing cabinets. It is that pervasive that even if you got another filing cabinet, you still would not be able to manage the overwhelming amount of lose papers and FEMA and OSHA folders, let alone your current projects and client documents.

If you are spending an hour plus searching through your office for that one important document, you need to install a blueprints storage systems as soon as possible. And get a head start on sorting through and getting to the bottom of the clutter.

2. How late are you staying at the office?

Do you find yourself occasionally, sometimes, or mostly spending late evenings at the office? (And, this has nothing to do with starting your workday later.)

If you are often working at the office late during the week—and even the weekends—clutter may have to do with it. In general, if you are spending at least 10 minutes of the workday searching through cabinets and digging through drawers for that one document or contract, you could use a blueprint storage systems.

Blueprint storage systems can hold hundreds of oversized folders, documents, lose leaf papers, blueprints, drawings, and even artwork. Spend you last long day at the office sorting through your clutter and organize and hang up your papers on your bluepring storage hangers for easy access. Those long days staying at the office will be gone and you’ll be home sooner than you know it.

3. Are your coworkers and boss avoiding you?

It probably isn’t you that they are avoiding but your messy desk. As we have mentioned in previous articles, clutter is stressful for the brain because you are taking in so much: papers underneath the desk, office supplies crammed next to your computer, folders stuffed in boxes on the floor, you name it.

The simple truth is, most people don’t want to spend time in an office that screams messy and is packed to the brim in clutter. Which is most likely why your coworkers and boss are happy to talk with you in their offices but seem to disappear when you are working at your own.

Concerned about how much time you are spending at the office and seeing the amount of mess piling up in your workspace, your boss could have even pulled you aside to talk with you about the clutter.

You’ve tried to clean out your desk not once but several times, only to have it return to its orginal messy state at best weeks later, at worst only a couple of days.

You see, it might be that your organizational system is wrong. Installing a blueprint storge rack may be all you need to rid yourself of your messy workspace and create a friendly, inviting office.

4. Are meetings with clients held at the opposite end of the floor, farthest away from your office?

Again, this may not be a personal offense to your office space. But it could be a sign that your boss and coworkers do not want to take prospective and current clients pass your messy workspace.

Because, let’s face it, messy and disorganized communicates to clients that you may not be able to handle the account and it could literally and figuratively get lost in the clutter of all of the other accounts.

To create a client-friendly space, you may want to switch out your bursting filing cabinet with a blueprint filing rack. That way, coworkers and your boss will feel proud (or at least not self conscious) when they walk clients pass your office. And, who knows? Maybe you will now schedule a few more clients to your now clean and organized office space.

5. Are your stress levels through the roof?

Yes, work can get stressful at times. But not like this and not all of the time. With your current messy workspace, you are stressed on a daily basis. As we have mentioned earlier, you are spending hours digging through your cabinets and drawers, looking for that meeting memo.

You can’t seem to get to the conference on time because you are stuck wrestling papers. And, let’s not forget the hundreds of loose leaf papers pinned up on your bulletin board. At one time, it seemed to help. But those days have long past.

To sum it up, you are stressed out from always trying to find that document—and then only to lose it again when you do find it (somtimes hours later).

To prevent your stress levels from increasing even more and cause serious health issues (i.e. depression, panic attacks, high blood pressure), consider getting a blueprint storage systems. That way, you can go in and out of the office feeling at peace.

6. Are you tired all of the time?

If so, this may be because you are spending all of your evenings at the office, throwing off your work-life balance. Or, because you are so stressed from the clutter, you aren’t getting work done, which causes you to stay up at night in a stress-induced frenzy.

Either way, consistently not getting those necessary 7-8 hours you need each night can wreak havoc on your immune system, not to mention your mental and emotional health.

If you don’t stay proactive about your clutter and install a blueprints storage systm, you could eventually lash out at coworkers or even an annoyed client. Prevent this from happening by getting that blueprint storage rack for your office.

Final Thoughts: Blueprint Storage Systems is a Step in the Right Direction

Getting a blueprint storage systems will not only help you stay on top of clutter, but organize your workday, which will then positively pour into your personal life.

If you were nodding yes to any of these questions, it may be in your best interst to take a look at blueprint storage racks and see about installing one in your office.

Doing so could be the difference between heading to work in a fog of stress and having your work (and life) under control. What have been your personal experiences with a blueprint storage systems? How has it impacted your work and personal life? Be sure to comment below.

Summary

  • If your office is a 1-3, you could use the blueprint storage systems for the occassional mess; 4-7 means you need it to keep clutter to a minimum; 8-10 means you are in dire need of this in order to tame clutter and get your life under control
  • You stay late at the office because you spend so much time looking for documents and folders
  • Your coworkers and boss are avoiding you and taking clients the long way to their offices to avoid the mess sight of your workspace
  • Your stress levels are through the roof and you are tired all the time because you can’t seem to get (and stay) on top of work
  • If you are nodding your head to these statements, you may benefit from a blueprint storage rack.

For more information about blueprint storage systems and blueprint storage racks, contact Big Blueprint Hanger!

7 Ways You Know You Need a Blueprint Storage Rack

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No matter how often you clean your desk, do you always seem to have stacks of papers and folders sprawled out? What about filing cabinets that never close because of documents spilling over the drawers?

The truth is, you don’t have to work in a constant mess; using a blueprint storage rack can save you the time and trouble in searching for those cluttered documents. This is but one way you know it’s time to get a blueprint storage rack.

With a blueprint storage rack, you can easily thumb through oversized files, artwork, blueprints, documents, and more.

That being said, read on to find out when you need to use one in your office!

1. You Continue to Ask Questions

Where’s your son’s drawing he made you in first grade? You’re not sure when was the last time you saw your company policy folder—you know you’ll need to bring that to your annual meeting. What about that report you were about to submit?

Questions about next steps for your project, brainstorming ways to improve the company culture—these are questions you don’t need to be worrying about.

It is when you starting asking questions like the above when you know you may need to get your office more organized.

Especially if you find yourself constantly asking questions about documents, it may be time to get a blueprint storage rack.

That way, you can quickly hang up your son’s first-grade drawing, company policy folder, and report. Within a couple of minutes, you’ve found the report you need to turn in. And, when that annual meeting comes, you’ll know exactly where your company policy folder is.

2. It Takes You More Than 10 Minutes to Find Documents

(This is along the lines of #1.) Not only are you asking yourself questions about where you last put insert-document-name but it is taking you 10 minutes and longer to find what you’re looking for.

According to Daily Mail, we lose roughly 9 items in a single day, which adds up to 198,743 throughout your life.[1]

As you might not be surprised, paperwork stands at the fourth most frequently lost item (with your cell phone and keys taking first and second place). [2]

In the end, it takes about ten minutes to find our misplaced items. What this shows is that you’re not alone when you misplaced your binder at the office or need a minute or two (or ten) to search for your keys.

However, just because this is normal doesn’t mean you have to waste 10 minutes (or more) looking for something when you don’t have to. This is when a blueprint storage rack comes into play.

Why not take note of the most common items you misplace and make sure you hang those up on the rack? That way, your blueprint storage rack can be the first place you go to should you not be able to find something. And, if you stick to this rule, most likely you’ll find what you’re looking for in nothing flat.

3. You May Have Been Passed for a Promotion

You’ve worked at the company for yours; let’s face it, you’ve put in your time. But when push comes to shove, you are passed up for that promotion repeatedly.

While there may be several reasons why this is the case, interestingly enough, your messy desk may be holding you back.

As the OC Register states, a survey shows revealed that 28% of bosses were not as likely to promote someone whose desk was disorganized.[3]

Meanwhile, more than 38% stated that a stack of papers negatively affected their perception of the employee.[4]

What this shows is that if you want that promotion, you may need to make more of a consistent effort in being more organized. In which case, the blueprint storage rack can help.

4. Co-Workers Judge You

Speaking of company culture, your co-workers may make judgment calls based on your disorganization.

Similar to your boss’ perception, a study polling 1,000 workers indicated that more than half (57%) judged their coworker based on the cleanliness (or dirtiness) of his or her desk.[5]

Nearly 50% of employees considered a very messy desk appalling and thought the coworker was lazy.[6]

If you see coworkers scowling or walking quickly by your desk, this may be the case. (However, it could very well be something else.)

In this sense, judgment or not, it may be time to utilize the blueprint storage desk to get that clutter under control.

5. You are Stressed

Yes, other factors other than a messy desk may be a reason for why you are stressed at work. Upcoming deadlines and that conference call next week could be two of them.

However, a messy workspace does not help. In fact, it can add to the stress. The reason being, it takes your brain longer to process the clutter versus if the items were neat and organized.

(Speaking of which, consider reading “The Power of the Organized Workspace (and How Blueprint Storage Systems Helps)”).

So, in order to give your brain a break, tidy up your desk and incorporate that blueprint storage rack into your office to get those papers organized and off the ground.

6. You Stay at Work Longer

Again, there could be a number of reasons why you are clocking out late. However, messiness may be an unforeseen reason why this keeps happening.

Remember when we told you it takes ten minutes to locate misplaced items? Well, that time that could have gone into that report was spent looking for your project folder. Which meant that you had to stay longer in order to finish it.

You may want to grab that blueprint storage rack to help you with those lost items and, because of this, you’ll spend less time at your office and more time at home.

This can help solidify a consistent routine and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

7. You are Tempted to Toss Semi-Important Documents Out

While it is up to you what you want to toss and keep, there is another solution than spending a day sorting through paperwork.

Why not use a blueprint storage rack, which can hold hundreds of blueprints, artwork, oversized files, documents, and more.

That way, you don’t have to decide which important document is less important. And, should that day come where you need to use that one folder you seldom open, you’ll be glad you saved it instead of discarding it—along with the rest of the not so relevant documents.

Final Thoughts: Blueprint Storage Rack is One Step in the Right Direction

A blueprint storage rack can help you get clutter off of your desk. In doing so, you may just get that promotion, co-working may think you’re not lazy (which we already know), you won’t have to deal with mess-related stress, or toss documents away you may not have wanted to. This and more.

What other signs are there that it’s time to get a blueprint storage rack? How has your storage system decluttered your office space? Please be sure to comment in the comments section.

Summary

  • Continue to ask the “where is…” questions could be a sign you need some organization in your life
  • If it takes you 10 minutes or more to locate misplaced items, rest assured, you’re not alone; it may, however, be a good idea to solve this by using a blueprint storage rack
  • According to research you may have passed for a promotion and co-workers may (falsely) assume you are lazy because of your messy desk
  • In order to change these assumptions, you may want to clean your workspace
  • Continual stress and working after hours could be signs of disorganization—all of which a blueprint storage rack can solve
  • Tempted to throw out documents for the sake of cleaning out the clutter? You may not have to; blueprint storage racks can store hundreds of blueprints, oversized folders, documents, and artwork, to name a few
  • What this means is that folder you may or may not use in the future can be stored safely among other documents in your new organizational system
  • Should a day come when you need it, you know where to find it—and will spend 10 less minutes searching for it!
  • Overall, a blueprint storage rack is a step in the right direction
  • It can alleviate mess-related stress, change your coworkers’ perceptions of you, and possibly even get you a promotion and, who knows, maybe even a pay raise

Considering a blueprint storage rack? Contact Big Blueprint Hanger to learn more about it. And, while you’re at it, be sure to check out our other organizational products and informative articles.

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[1] Daily Mail: Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day

[2] Daily Mail: Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day

[3] The Orange County Register: Messy desk could cost you a promotion

[4] The Orange County Register: Messy desk could cost you a promotion

[5] Forbes: The Dangers of a Messy Desk

[6] Forbes: The Dangers of a Messy Desk

7 Questions Creatives Need to Ask Themselves (Blueprint Storage Systems is #3)

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Contrary to popular belief, creativity and organization are not on polar ends of the spectrum.

Many creatives do not excel at their craft when their environment is extremely messy and unorganized. Instead, there needs to be some constraint in order for it to flourish. In other words, complete freedom—freedom without constraints—may be stifled.[1]

To ensure this does not happen, read on to learn how creatives can create organization that will enhance their creativity (#3 includes blueprint storage systems).

But First, Who Are Creatives?

And, by creatives, we do not just mean artists, writers, and performers. Scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers, and marketers are creatives too. As Forbes contributor, Steven Kotler says “Creativity is the act of making something from nothing.

It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination.”[2] This could mean designing an experiment that appropriately tests a hypothesis.[3] Or, creating a new curriculum for the start of the semester.

How is Creativity in the Office Stifled?

Creativity in the office gets stifled when managers are more focused on producing the “perfect” report or “perfect” process.

With perfectionism being the goal—not producing something original being a great customer service experience, new product or service—creativity is starved.[4]

So, it takes a balance between organization and perfectionism for creativity to come out.

Questions for Creatives to Ask Themselves

What can creatives do so that their creativity flourishes? How can they incorporate organization into their lives? Read on to find out!

1. What Do I Want to Accomplish Today?

Pick three tasks you want to accomplish a day. These are your priorities. While you may not have gotten to other to-dos, it is for certain that you did check these off when you walk away from the office. When choosing your top three, make sure you are realistic.

If you have a meeting with a client that you know will run at least an hour, perhaps choose smaller top threes you can do in a half hour or hour?

Creative Tip

According to the Huffington Post, creativity can be boosted when the creative has intrinsic motives to do an activity.[5]

That said, if you are not feeling like doing a task or feel as if your creativity is lacking, come up with intrinsic reasons why you should do the task. This may not only get you up and moving but the task may be done more creatively than it would have.

2. How Much Time Do I Have Left?

Damien, a well sought-after designer, puts his own constraints so that he can get the most out of his creativity. He will normally go with his gut instinct because, in order to meet the short deadline, he does not have enough time to second-guess.[6]

Whether you are a graphic designer or librarian, you can make the most of your creativity by either setting a timer, using the Pomodoro Technique or simply seeing how much time you have left to finish that project or wrap up for the day.

3. What Does My Work Space Look Like?

Interestingly enough, creativity and organization do not entirely go hand in hand. According to a study, those who were in a messy room compared to a tidy room were able to come up with more creative uses for ping pong balls.[7]

Nonetheless, tidier rooms were linked to higher expectations and healthier choices. At the end of the day, if you want to be more creative, perhaps it is time to let the clutter pile a little?[8]

At the same time, clutter is also associated with stress. This is where a blueprint storage system can come into play. Since each hanger can hold up to 60 prints, which makes it easier to quickly hang up oversized folders, blueprints, graphics, etc. in a couple of minutes.

Creatives then have enough freedom (while having a time constraint) and a messy desk to work on their project and then quickly stash the clutter away in the blueprint storage system.

4. Am I Asking the Right Questions?

To get more creative responses, reframe the question. In doing that, your brain pulls from your memory in order to help you answer them.[9]

In a nutshell, the more difficult the question is, the more creative the response will be.[10]

If you are a kinesthetic learner, it may help if you list your questions on paper—physically writing them down. For visual learners, imagine the question. And, more auditory learners, ask the questions out loud.

You could even organize a time in your workday where you brainstorm (and problem-solve) that upcoming report or project.

5. What Does My Organization Space (and Process) Look Like?

While this may be contrary to #3, everyone’s organizational spaces can look different. In fact, Joan Rivers created an intricate filing system to catalog her jokes.

You may not be a professional comedian but do whatever helps you maintain some sense of organization. That may mean having the stereotypical bulletin board up in your office with an assortment of colored sticky notes. Whatever it is, if it works, stick to it.

6. Do I have a Consistent Routine in Place?

Creatives are not routine phobic. In fact, novelist, Haruki Murakami mentioned that his routine consists of writing in the morning for five to six hours, then a 10-km run or 1500 m swim. And, during the evenings, reading and listening to music.[11]

Even if you are not a novelist, you can create a routine (and stick to it) that enhances your creative energy. This could be getting coffee in the morning, reading the news online, and then hitting emails for an hour before starting on your project for the day (or your top three priorities).

7. Am I Working More in the Mornings?

If you do stereotypical creative work, research shows it may best to do it in the mornings. According to Psychology Today, 72% of creative people did their work in the mornings compared to those who routinely did it at night (15%).[12]

So, you may benefit from being an early riser and hitting the work hour before 7.

Final Thoughts: That Blueprint Storage Systems May Come in Handy

No matter what creative work you do—be it in science, mathematics, teaching, marketing, or dance—it is important that organization plays a role in your day.

This can be organizing your office space (but keeping some clutter) by using the blueprint storage system. And, create a consistent routine (that you stick to); in fact, 88% of stereotypically creative people have (and follow) a strict routine.[13]

Nonetheless, you want to make sure that your organization works for you, and that you have enough constraints in place to allow your creativity to flourish.

How else can you boost your creativity in the workplace? Be sure to leave a comment!

Summary

  • Overall, creativity and organization are not on opposite ends; one needs the other
  • Creatives come in many different forms: scientists, teachers, marketers, writers, artists, etc.
  • Creativity is simply making something from nothing
  • For instance, scientists are creative because they can come up and design an experiment that adequately answers their hypothesis
  • To boost your creativity, counterintuitively, you need organization to provide constraint
  • You also will need to organize your space (enough) while keeping some clutter (although studies do show that clutter contributes to stress?)
  • This is where the blueprint storage system works well; with its hangers holding up to 60 documents, you are able to quickly pick up your workspace on the way out
  • List three top priorities; if you are in need of a creative tip, come up with intrinsic reasons why you should complete these tasks
  • Create (and stick to) a routine, which can be an anchor (and a constraint?), which will allow your creativity to flourish
  • Ask the right questions by reframing them; that way, you draw more and more creative answers
  • If you do stereotypical creative work, research shows that morning may be the best time of the day to get work done (while nights were seen as the least)
  • Give some constraint to your day; this could be in the form of deadlines, or pushing a timer or using the Pomodoro Technique
  • Creativity is stifled by focusing on the perfection of the process—in other words, micromanaging

For more information on blueprint storage systems and blueprint storage racks, contact Big Blueprint Hanger.

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[1] Inc.: Is Organization the Enemy of Creativity?

[2] Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

[3] Psychology Today: The Creativity of Scientists

[4] Inc.: Is Organization the Enemy of Creativity?

[5] Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

[6] Fast Company: Proof That Constraints Can Actually Make You More Creative

[7] Huffington Post: Messy Work Space Spur Creativity, While Tidy Environments Linked With Healthy Choices

[8] Huffington Post: Messy Work Space Spur Creativity, While Tidy Environments Linked With Healthy Choices

[9] Fast Company: 3 Ways to Train Yourself to Be More Creative

[10] Fast Company: 3 Ways to Train Yourself to Be More Creative

[11] 99U: How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic

[12] Psychology Today: Daily Routines of Creative People

[13] Psychology Today: Daily Routines of Creative People

12 Tips Parents Can Use to Help their Children Improve their Executive Functions (Includes Using a Blueprint Storage Rack!)

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According to Understood, children who misplace items, frequently lose track of time, don’t finish tasks, and procrastinate until the last minute may have issues with executive functions.[1]

These executive functions, WebMD states, are a variety of mental skills, which are controlled by the frontal lobe.[2] The article goes on to state that the brain continues to develop and that children who may once have had trouble with executive functions—such as time management and organization—may not face these same problems nearly as bad in adulthood. That is, of course, dependent on the child’s experiences as he or she grows up.

To help your child gain more control and strengthen his or her executive functions, read on to learn what tips you can incorporate into their daily life so that they can thrive (#11 includes the blueprint storage rack.)

Signs Your Child May Need Some Help Strengthening Their Executive Functions

Your child may not be able to estimate with time. They lose track of time easily, may say “5 more minutes” but 5 turns into 10, which turns into 15, which turns into a half hour.

Also, they may be messy, leaving papers on the ground, the table is disorganized, the chair isn’t pushed in, etc. This isn’t a one-time or two-time deal; they routinely do this, needing insistent reminders to clean up.

This may be a sign that the child isn’t aware of time and space, not that they are lazy.[3]

Does Your Child Have ADHD, Dyslexia, or Another Disorder?

The truth is, your child could have a brain disorder—or not. Monitor what your child does and speak to a professional to determine if this is the case and what proper avenues you can use to help your child get the help they need.

At the same time, know that several children do exhibit these traits but don’t have a disorder.[4]

Ways You Can Help Your Child Stay Organized

Still, you can help your child by teaching them how to set goals and follow through with them, let alone stay organized and consistent. Here are some tips how.

1. Create To-Do Lists

Help your child set goals. Ask them what they want to accomplish and guide them, using realistic expectation in the form of a to-do list.

If your child can read and write, help them create one. Try to incorporate all of the learning styles—kinesthetic, visual, and auditory—when creating the list. For instance, for kinesthetic, have your child physically write out the list. Then, for visual and auditory, have them read the list out loud.

You can also use different colors or signs to highlight the level of importance, which can also help with visual learning.

2. Routine, Routine, Routine

Set a routine to help your child have a sense of consistency. Set a time for bedtime, meals, activities, etc. It doesn’t have to be on the dot, just as long as the child has a foundation of stability.

3. Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement helps reward and encourage positive behavior. Such examples of positive reinforcement include praise, free time, special outing, etc. While some people use treats as a form of positive reinforcement, it may not have a healthy effect on the child.

For instance, if your child does his or her homework, perhaps give them the opportunity to play outside? Or your child finishes his or her chores. Take them out to the park?

By encouraging children to use their executive functions by providing positive reinforcement, you help them organize their time, stick to one goal, and accomplish it in one go.

4. Ditch the Distractions

Maybe the TV is on in the background. Or you have the music on. Distractions such as these may pull the child’s focus away from the activity they have to do. That or force them to concentrate harder, which takes more work. To help your child stay on task, minimize distractions by providing a calm environment.[5]

5. Create a Chart

Track homework and chores with a chart. Have your child physically check off the box when he or she is finished with the chores and homework. That way, the child can physically see the accomplishment, as well as see the progress he or she has made throughout the week.

6. Set Expectations

What do you expect from your child? What does your child expect from himself or herself? Help he or she come up with the words and consistently hold your child accountable to those expectations.

That could mean helping your child come up with an expectation at the beginning of the day, and then following up at the end to see if your child completed it or not. Doing this consistently will help your child set goals and complete them and to take expectations seriously.

7. Reflection

(This ties into #6.) At the end of the day, help your child review his or her day. What does he or she wish she would have done differently? And then help him or her come up with practical ways he or she can accomplish that. What’s something he or she is proud of?

8. Embrace Spontaneity

At the same time, while routine is good, room for spontaneity and creativity are important. By having a stable base in routine and expectations, the child can explore, create, and imagine.

9. Break Activities into Chunks

Some homework assignment may take a couple hours. Others may take 15 minutes. Help your child come up with a realistic time expectation for each, including transition and settling in times.

If the assignment is long, don’t be afraid to break it up into chunks. Perhaps, the research for the first hour, and then a break? Then write the rough draft for the paper later or the next day. That way, your child learns how to pace tasks.

10. Refrain from Yelling

While it can be tempting when you are frustrated, take a couple deep breaths instead of yelling at your child.

Children may become scared and insecure, according to a Healthline article.[6] Instead, calmly explain the frustrating behavior. That way the environment continues to be secure and children feel safe to do their chores and homework.

11. Help Keep the House Clean and Tidy, Using a Blueprint Storage Rack

A blueprint storage rack is great for hanging up artwork, past class assignments, folders, and files. Since each hanger can hold up to 60 blueprints, rest assured that you won’t be needing to put several filing cabinets in your house.

By keeping the house tidy, your child won’t be distracted by the clutter, and can more easily focus on his or her homework.

12. Let Children Blow Off Steam with Physical Activity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and teens need roughly an hour of physical activity every day.[7] Not only does physical activity improve health but it helps them stay focus. If your child has ADHD symptoms, it can reduce those. And, it can also improve memory, among a host of other benefits.[8]

Final Thoughts

By keeping a tidy environment (using organizational pieces such as the blueprint storage rack) you help your child cultivate organization and strengthen their executive functions. That and providing structure and stability will facilitate and cultivate better goal setting and achieving, completing tasks, and minimize procrastination.

What other tips do you have? Leave a comment.

 Summary

  • Children who may need to strengthen their executive functions exhibit misplacing items, putting things off until the last minute, getting off track, etc.
  • Some children who show these patterns have ADHD or another disorder; others don’t; it is best to have a professional rule this out
  • Help your child to set and achieve goals by creating daily to-do lists
  • Help foster a routine and use positive reinforcement to reward and encourage positive behavior
  • Minimize distractions such as TV and loud music while creating a chart so the child can see how they’ve progressed throughout the week
  • Set expectations and work with your child to reflect whether they were met, and what steps they can follow to ensure it does get met next time
  • Nonetheless, embrace spontaneity, which will help boost creativity, exploration, and imagination
  • Keep the house tidy by using the blueprint storage rack
  • Try not to yell, and let the child blow off steam via physical activity—at least one hour daily
  • If homework or chores are too cumbersome, help the child break them up so that they are doable

For more information about the blueprint storage rack, feel free to contact Big Blueprint Hanger!

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[1] Understood: Understanding Your Child’s Trouble with Organization and Time Management

[2] WebMD: What is Executive Function?

[3] Understood: Understanding Your Child’s Trouble with Organization and Time Management

[4] Understood: Understanding Your Child’s Trouble with Organization and Time Management

[5] Psychology Today: 7 Tips to helps a Distracted Child

[6] Healthline: The Long-Lasting Effects of Yelling at Your Kids

[7] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How much physical activity do children need?

[8] Psychology Today: 8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School

13 Productivity Hacks for College Students to Stay Ahead (Blueprint Storage Rack is #12)

With the new school year here, college students are back to the books…and pulling the infamous all-nighters. In fact, surveys from Psychology 101 classes (which polled college students from several majors) revealed that 65 had pulled at least one all-nighter while 45 had not.[1] Consequently, the study showed that those who had pulled an all-nighter had a (slightly) lower GPA than those who didn’t While reasons other than the occasional all-nighter may factor in—such as poor note taking and not going to class—not sleeping before a test could inhibit students’ abilities to remember the information they studied the night before. To prevent college students from spending caffeinated, sleepless nights, we compiled 13 productivity hacks geared to help college students battle procrastination, reduce all-nighters, and succeed in school (#2 includes blueprint storage rack!).

  1. Leverage the “Do Not Disturb” Feature on Phones

Nearly all phones have a “do not disturb” option. This feature restricts notifications—like texts and calls—from showing up on the screen. College students who are hitting the books can decrease distractions and stay focus by leveraging this productivity hack. To use it, go to the phone settings, then “Do Not Disturb.” From there, students can select the setting options that best fits their study needs: Manual, Schedule, Allow Calls From, Repeat Calls…

  1. A Clean Study Space Matters

A Princeton University study revealed that objects in an individual’s line of vision compete for their attention, which hinders performance and increases stress.[2] College students can prevent this from happening by ensuring their study space stays clean and organized. This will allow students to study more effectively.

  1. Re-Think the All-Nighter

Contrary to popular belief, the infamous all-nighter associated with college finals may do more damage than good. According to Business Insider, students who pull an all-night may feel euphoric and a feeling of positivity. However, the overly optimistic dissipates quickly and, according to the researchers, could lead to risky behavior.[3]

The article goes on to state that getting little to no sleep wreaks havoc on the brain’s ability to retain memory. Meaning, all of that cramming and large quantities of caffeine may not be worth it. College students considering an all-nighter need to make the choice if an extra few hours of studying is worth the risks.

  1. Use Organization Apps and Calendars for Better Planning

From the Physics 101 exam next Monday to an in-class essay on Friday plus extra circulars, college students are juggling several commitments. To make it easier for them to keep track of and stay on top of them, students can use organization apps, such as Wunderlist, to prioritize what and when things need to get done. Students can also use Google Calendar or iCalendar[4] to sync their schedules to multiple devices. That way, whatever electronic device the student is using, he or she has quick access to it.

  1. Write It Down

A study involving Princeton and University of California students (300 plus) showed that students who took long form notes had better recall than those who typed them on laptops.[5]

The actual act of writing helps students retain information. Since manual writing takes longer than typing, students have to make the conscious decision of what to write down and what to leave out. To get the most out of class, students should stick to long form writing or at least alternate between typing and writing their notes. Still, students who prefer typing can study in other ways that involve writing—such as using notecards, creating charts to organize the information, etc.

  1. Just Start to Eliminate Procrastination

A 2007 study revealed that 80% to 95% of college students procrastinate, especially when it comes to course work.[6] To reduce these figures, students need to just start, even if it is for 15 minutes. Starting the school work is enough to break through that procrastination barrier. From doing this, that 15 minutes may turn into an hour, which may turn into a task complete.

  1. That Morning Break Counts

Those who believe that taking an early break is a sign of an unproductive day may be surprised by this research. A survey of 95 employees showed that taking a mid-morning break was more effective than a mid-afternoon one. This is because the break is early enough in the day where students still have energy. An early break recharges energy, performance, and concentration.[7] Which then allows for a better study session.

  1. Keep Computer Desktop Clean

Similar to a physical messy desk, scattered folders and images on computer desktops contribute to clutter. Students should re-organize desktop folders and images to help create a proactive, organizational mindset.

  1. Using the Pomodoro Technique for Studying

Contrary to popular belief, not all studying happens in one long burst. Breaking it into chunks may help decrease procrastination inclinations and improve focus. There are several ways students can do this. The Pomodoro Technique, one famous productivity hack we discussed in _______, uses 25-minute increments with 5-minute breaks in between to space out productivity.

  1. Leverage the 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 rule[8] uses the thinking that 20% of input is responsible for 80% of the results. Applying this principal to college, 20% of studying yields 80% of students’ academic performance. This makes sense, especially when we consider a study that shows that the average worker is only productive for roughly 3 hours (2 hours 53 minutes, to be exact) in a standard, 8-hour workday.[9]

While this is slightly more than 20%, it goes to show how much influence a small percentage of time has. To take advantage of that 20%, college students should consider allotting work and break times.

  1. Not Everyone’s Circadian Rhythm is the Same

Your circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock that regulates when you are tired and alert. In other words, it is your sleep-wake cycle.[10] Thanks to it, you tend to wake up, go to bed, and feel energized around the same times every day. With most people working from 9 to 5, it may seem like everyone’s circadian rhythm is the same. However, if you notice people’s work and study patterns, that is not always the case.

Case in point: Night owls and morning risers. In fact, with enough time, you can trick your circadian rhythm, staying alert at times when other people are falling asleep. This may be why some students who pull all-nighters or study at night may actually do well on tests (however, it is not enough reason to start the habit). Still, it is worth tracking when students are at their most energized and when they feel the most tired. That way, using this information, students can schedule study sessions and study groups around their most energized times, getting the most from them.

  1. Use a Blueprint Storage Rack to Increase Organization

Students can save time looking for papers and study guides by utilizing a blueprint storage rack. Only taking up 24 inches of space, students can store thousands of documents in them—essays, tests, study guides, notes, you name it. Storing up to 60 hangers, students can easily thumb through documents and easily find what they are looking for.

  1. If Students Must Pull an All-Nighter

If college students need to pull an all-nighter, simply gulping 5 cups of coffee and hitting the books is not going to cut it. Since coffee is a diuretic, in taking multiple lattes can cause dehydration. Instead of drinking the brew, go for water instead. Also, take frequent short exercise breaks to increase blood flow.

Final Thoughts

Students can improve their productivity by using a number of these simple hacks. Using productive-friendly furniture, like the blueprint storage rack, keeps documents organized and easy to find. Allotting specific time periods for studying and breaks will increase focus and simply starting can help students avoid procrastination. Have other productivity hacks? Leave a comment!

Summary

  • Use the “Do Not Disturb” function on phones to prevent texts and calls from interrupting study sessions
  • Keep study spaces clean to help maintain focus
  • All-Nighters are associated with poor recall; consider re-thinking it
  • Wunderlist, Google Calendar, and iCalendar helps students stay on top of courses and extra circulars
  • Long form writing leads to better information retainment than typing on a laptop
  • Eliminate procrastination by just starting
  • A morning break is much more effective than a mid-afternoon one
  • Keep computer desktops clean to create a more organized mindset
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique to schedule work and break periods
  • The 80/20 principal states that 80% of outcomes are due to 20% of input
  • Track circadian rhythm to learn the most energized and unproductive periods of the day
  • Use a blueprint storage rack to organize documents
  • If an all-nighter is a must, opt for water instead of coffee and do small exercises to increase blood flow

Contact Big Blueprint Hanger to learn more about the blueprint storage rack.

[1] Fox News: Study: Students Who Pull All-Nighters Have Lower GPAs

[2] JNeurosci The Journal of Neuroscience: Interaction of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex

[3] Business Insider: Infographic: How Much Damage All-Nighters Do to Your Body

[4] Huffington Post: Top 5 Productivity Hacks for Students

[5] US Today College: Staying on Track for Finals: Productivity Hacks That Work

[6] American Psychology Association: Procrastination or “Intentional Delay”?

[7] Business Insider: Here’s the best time to take a coffee break for maximum productivity

[8] The Balance: Understanding Pareto’s Principal: The 80-20 Rule

[9] Inc.: In an 8-Hour Day, the Average Worker is Productive for This Many Hours

[10] National Sleep Foundation: What Is Circadian Rhythm?

50 Office Storage and Organizational Hacks Using Everyday Items (Plus Blueprint Storage System Upgrades!)

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Guess what’s the number one, hot real estate trend? And it’s not housing.

Yep, that’s right. Offsite storage.

So much so that, according to a New York Times article, 1 out of every 10 Americans rents offsite storage, making it the fastest growing segment in commercial real estate for the last 40 years.[1]

But just how much storage space is there? 

Surprisingly, more than the total number of Starbucks…by five times. Which is a lot since there’s practically a Starbucks on every block by now.

Actually, the rough estimate comes out to a little over 50,000 storage facilities.[2]

When it comes down to it, do we really need that much stuff? 

Probably not.

In fact, according to Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut College assistant professor of anthropology, we’re not doing this on purpose.

He states in a New York Times interview that nowadays extended families live farther away from one another, which means you’re probably not seeing Grandma every other day.

So, for the holidays and occasional meetups, guess what you and your family are going to do to make up for that lost time? Toys for the kids, new microwave for you and your spouse—in other words, give gifts, which amount to stuff.[3]

(And, because you see your relatives few and far between, it will be more painful to throw these things away. Learn about why it’s painful to throw stuff away in The Power of The Organized Workspace (And How Blueprint Storage Systems Helps).)

Plus, Graesch discusses that when we go grocery shopping, we tend to buy bulk goods. Why? Because it beats making one or two more trips.[4]

However, we end up forgetting what we bought. We may remember we got trash bags, but we forget we purchased 500 of them and have stored the extra in the closet.

So, when the trash bags under the sink are gone, what do we do? We buy more trash bags, and the cycle continues.

Chances are, you have some excess stuff at home that could be put to good use. And you can always make your workspace more efficient, so why not combine the two?

Your excess bulk can actually have a purpose other than taking up closet space. And your productivity will increase at work because you’re more organized. It’s a win-win.

(To learn why you’re more productive when your workspace is tidy, read Science Explains Why You Need a Blueprint Storage Rack.)

Check out our 50 office organizational and storage hacks, where we take over 35 everyday items, and transform them into functional office equipment.

And no, we are not talking about using an empty coffee mug as your pencil holder.

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1. Shoe Organizer Can Hold More Than Shoes

Hang an empty shoe organizer on a closet door in your office. Or, if you don’t have a closet, use the wall. To free up space, use the pockets to store excess office supplies such as pens, pencils, paper clips, and rubber bands.[5]

Blueprint Storage System Organizational Upgrade: SR6 Workstation Rack

Consider this blueprint storage system item for holding larger items like oversized folders, documents, and, as the name suggests, blueprints. Besides the door and wall, you can also hang the SR6 Workstation Rack on your cubicle, which makes it a great option if you have a door-less workspace.

2. Dishrack File Holder

Instead of wet dishes, place file folders, loose documents, and pamphlets in your dishrack, and set it on your desk. You can always spray paint the rack a different color to better fit your office’s style.[6]

3. Mason Jars Screwed Under the Desk

Empty and wash a couple mason jars. Using a drill, screw the mason jar lids to the bottom of your desk. Store erasers, notepads, and staples in the mason jars screwing them on their respective lids.[7]

4. Mason Jars on the Side of the Desk

You don’t have to store your office supplies underneath your desk; try the side!

5. Cutlery Tray on Wall 

Have an old cutlery tray you don’t use? Secure it to your office wall. Drill some hooks in the vertical slots. Now you have storage to hang the office and breakroom keys. Not to mention, your own keys, phone, and wallet.[8]

6. Lattice Bulletin Board

Secure a slab of lattice onto your office wall. (You can first paint it to match the office vibe.) Now you have a spot to post memos, that photo from last year’s holiday party, announcements, and the Tuesday lunch in reminder. All you have to do is attach them with some binder clips.[9]

7. Lego Pot for Your Office Plant

So, you have a pile of Legos thrown aside now that your kids have outgrown them. Grab some of those Legos, and make a Lego pot holder. You may want to put the Lego pot on a saucer for water draining purposes.

8. Wire Kitchen Racks for Incoming and Outgoing Mail

Pin those to the wall. Add a sign on each, one for incoming mail; the other for outgoing mail. Now, it’s easy for co-workers and clients to drop off important documents. You can always secure these to the front of your office door to minimize work disruption.[10]

9. Cabinet Drawers Become Office Shelves

If you’re throwing out an armoire, don’t discard the shelves. In fact, drill them into your office wall for some new and improved office shelves. (Feel free to paint them before installing them.) They can now hold those policy and protocol binders, not to mention office manuals you’ve crammed in the bottom of your closet.[11]

Blueprint Storage System Organizational Upgrade: Shelf Conversion Rack

Why not check out the Shelf Conversion Rack? Especially if you have some extra space in a file rack, shelf, cabinet, you name it. That way, you have hanging space for the documents that are piling on your desk as we speak.

10. Add Coasters on Cabinet Drawers

Stick some coasters on an unused cabinet drawer, and wheel it under your desk. There; space for your extension cord or even your printer, depending on the size of the drawer.[12]

11. Binder Clips to Hold Up Charging Cords

One of the simplest office hacks. Attach some binder clips to the side of your desk. Place charging cords between the metal loop. And you’re set![13]

12. All Out of Mints? Don’t Throw Away That Container

Use a mint container for small office supplies such as paper clips. (Tic-Tac mint cases work the best for this.)

13. Tape Vinyl Jackets to Your Office Door

Tape a Vinyl Jacket to your office door to store documents that need a second look before being sent out. You could also tape two Vinyl Jackets for incoming and outgoing mail if you’re not into the wire kitchen racks idea we mentioned earlier.

14. Mason Jars Become Office Supply Holders

Yes, we’re mentioning mason jars again—they’re that adjustable. Glue five mason jars together, with three jars in one row and two in the other. Once the glue has dried, set them on your desk. Place pencils, pens, sticky notes, and paper clips in them.[14]

15. Leftover Cookie Tins

You cleared your closet and found some leftover cookie tins from the holidays. Dust them off, stick a label on them, and voila: storage for labels, business cards, and work receipts.[15]

16. Soda Boxes Now Store Work Snacks

Most people stash some work snacks in their desk: trail mix, crackers, pretzels… However, your conventional office divider is too small to hold these snacks. Which means they’re clumped with the rest of your awkward-sized office items (i.e. stress ball, extra coffee mug…). Now you can organize these snacks by fitting them into an empty soda box. (Feel free to wrap the soda box in wrapping paper to hide the soda packaging.)[16]

17. DIY Holder for Dry Erase Markers 

Yes, your soup can hold more than just soup. Tear off the paper from an empty soup can. (You can spray paint the can for an added aesthetic effect.) Glue some magnets on the side of the can, and it should stick to your magnetized dry erase board. Now, you have storage for your dry erase markers.

18. Tuna Cans as Office Supply Dividers

Clean the tuna cans and tear off the paper. Fill the cans with small office supplies such as erasers, paper clips, staples, and tape. Stash in a desk drawer.[17]

19. Coat of Paint + Old Shutter = Document Holder

Paint an old shutter, and secure it on the wall. You can now drop incoming and outgoing mail in the slots. Or use it as a file organizer by marking each slot with a designated letter.[18]

Blueprint Storage System Organizational Upgrade: Wall Mounted Rack

Try the Wall Mounted Rack. It can hold 2 aluminum (and 3 poly) hangers per inch, and you still have room to thumb through the documents. As the name suggests, mount it on the wall for accessible vertical storage. You can also add a second tier to free up even more office space.

20. Magazine Holder Under the Desk

Drill magazine holders under your desk. They’re great to store folders you rarely use but still occasionally need. Now, you’ve freed up desk space for more frequently used binders and reading materials.

21. Muffin Tin Office Supply Divider

Stash an unused muffin tin in your desk drawer as a cheap alternative to traditional desk dividers. It’s great for small office supplies—bulletin board pins, magnets, erasers…[19]

22. Magnets for Your Keys, Scissors, and Stapler

Simple. Secure some magnets underneath your desk. There you go, a spot to hang your keys, scissors, stapler, and any other magnetic office supply.[20]

23. Place a Bread Tag on Your Tape

Having trouble ripping a piece of tape? Secure the end of the tape with a bread tag, which will make it easier to rip.[21]

24. Bring the 80s into Your Workspace

Use a cassette case as a cell phone or business card holder.[22]

25. Spice Rack Office Supply Holder

Place those tuna cans we mentioned earlier in a spice rack for a DIY office supply holder. If you’re not a fan of the cans, traditional pencil holders will do.

Want a pen? You can spin the rack instead of wasting minutes sifting through erasers, pencils, sharpies, everything else other than a pen.

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26. That Basket That Used to Store Toys is Still Useful

Attach it under your desk. Instead of Legos, Barbie dolls, and toy trucks, it now holds your extension cord, charger, and printer cords.[23]

27. Plexiglas as a Whiteboard Alternative

Nail a slab of Plexiglas onto a board for an alternative version of the whiteboard. Not digging this? Take an unused picture frame, glass still intact, and voila: your quick-and-easy DIY whiteboard, great for writing down your daily to-do list.[24]

28. Broom Head Desk Holder 

Cut off the end of a broom. Clean the bristles, and stick some pencils and pens in it. Your desk holder is complete.[25]

29. Colored Clothespins to Flag Important Items

Paint clothespins a bright color that’ll clearly signal “important status.” Pin them on important documents that need to be looked at right away.

30. Clipboard Organizational Wall

Mount several clipboards on the wall. Attach documents to each clipboard that must be looked at. That way, you ensure that work is tackled today, not buried underneath a paper stack.[26]

31. When you have an old pipe

Mount that old pipe you were about to chuck on the curbside to your wall. Attach small buckets to rings, and hang them up. These buckets can hold anything, from office supplies to extra Tupperware.[27]

32. DIY Corked Bulletin Board

Put your wine cork collection to use. Glue the wine corks together, and then glue the corked edges to a frame. Mount the frame to the office wall. Stick some pins in—your new DIY bulletin board.

33. Candle Holders for Your Doo-Dads 

Place your doo-dads in empty candle holders on your desk. These may be concert tickets you’re not ready to part with. Or a rock your kid gave you a couple years ago. Whatever they are, they now have a home.

34. Lego Pen Holder

Use those Legos again to build a pen holder.

35. Clothespin Memo Holder

Glue one end of the clothespin to a slab of wood for a DIY memo holder. Make sure you only glue one end; gluing two wouldn’t allow the clothespin to hold the memo.

36. Thin Drawer Paper Holder

Throwing away a tool organizer? Keep one of the thin drawers, and use it as a paper holder.

37. Lego Figures Can Hold Your Keys and Cords

Attach the Lego and Lego figure to the side of the desk. The figure’s hands can hold your keys and cords. Use as many Lego figures as needed.[28]

38. Envelopes on Bulletin Board

Need a place to stick documents that are smaller than the standard 8.5 by 11 inch? Stick them in envelopes and pin them on your bulletin board. That way, they aren’t buried underneath a stack. And you can deal with them head on.

Blueprint Storage System Organizational Upgrade: 1 Tier Blueprint Storage Rack

Look into the 1 tier blueprint storage rack to reduce your towering stack of documents. The reason this is a great blueprint storage system is that you can hang up any size document—bigger and smaller than the typical 8.5 by 11-inch size.

39. Rocks Make Great Paper Weights

Your child’s pet rock can now be put to good use. Use a rock or heavy-ish weight to keep papers from flying away.

40. Magnetize Anything for a Personalized Effect

Need more magnets but want a more personalized look? Attach magnet strips onto sentimental items that have no use but are too painful to throw away. That way, the sentimental item is being put to good use, and your brain doesn’t have to suffer the pain in discarding a personable belonging.

For reasons why your brain associates tossing out items with pain, go here.

41. Ice Cube Tray Can Be Your New Small Office Supplies Holder

Those pins, staples, small sticky notes now can have a home. Stow them away in an ice cube tray.[29]

42. Medicine Pill Organizer Comes in Handy

If that doesn’t work for you, consider using a medicine pill organizer.

43. Keep Those Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet paper rolls are great for keeping tanging cords together. Wrap the cord in a tight-ish loop, and slide a roll over it.[30]

44. Hang Office Cleaning Supplies Using a Curtain Rod

Install a thin curtain rod in your office closet. Then hang the office cleaning supplies on the rod. Doing this makes the most of your vertical space while freeing up storage room below for heavier items.[31]

45. Plastic Bottle Charging Station

Yes, a plastic bottle can be your charging station for your phone.

To make this, cut the bottle horizontally, leaving about three inches of space. Once you reach that three-inch mark, cut vertically for about two inches. Do the same to the other side. Cut the bottom third of the bottle as well as the 2 by 3 -inch plastic section from the rest of the bottle.

Then cut a 1 by 1 inch square in the plastic section. That’s to go around the charger and outlet while the bottom of the plastic bottle holds your phone.

Spray paint the plastic bottle if you’d like.[32]

46. Wide Cup, Removable Adhesive Method

If you don’t want to go through all that work creating a charging station, do this. Get a short, wide cup that your phone fits in. Attach some removable mounting putty (or whatever adhesive you’d like, as long as it doesn’t damage the wall) to the cup. Stick the adhesive cup to one of the lower sides of the outlet.

47. Color Coordinate Cords

Color coordinate the different cords by attaching a different color tape around each one. You can go one more step by labeling what cord goes to what.[33]

48. Bread Tags for Cords

You can use bread colored bread tags for this too.[34]

49. Vinyl Jacket in Go-To Binder

Let’s say you’re suddenly called into an impromptu meeting. Or a client needs you on site immediately. Plan for these unexpected changes by having a Vinyl Jacket with your needed office supplies in your go-to binder. (By go-to binder we mean the binder with everything in it that you would need for an emergency call.)

50. Door Knob Coat Hanger

Don’t take up space with a traditional coat hanger. Drill a door knob into the wall for your coat and/or scarf.

That’s not all…

While compiling these office storage and organizational hacks for you, we came across some honorable mentions.

(Most of these are office hacks that don’t have to do with organization and storage, but are still useful.)

Honorable Mentions

-Place your coffee cup on a charger to keep it warm.[35]

-Or stuff your burrito in an empty mug while you’re going through emails.[36]

-Stick a wet sponge in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. And you now have an icepack for your lunch.[37]

-Stick your phone in an empty mug for a cheap-and-easy speaker.[38]

-Stick some Silica gel packets in your drawers to prevent damage caused by moisture.[39]

-Have an AAA battery become an AA by stuffing a small ball of foil in the empty space.[40]

Want more storage hacks? How about that blueprint storage system? Contact us!

 

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[1] New York Times: The Self-Storage Self

[2] becomingminimalist: 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

[3] New York Times: The Way We Live: Drowning in Stuff

[4] New York Times: The Way We Live: Drowning in Stuff

[5] Huffington Post

[6] Apartment Therapy

[7] Your Modern Family

[8] Better Homes & Gardens

[9] Bre Purposed

[10] My Sweet Savannah

[11] Den Garden

[12] Remodel Aholic

[13] HGTV

[14] HGTV

[15] HGTV

[16] BuzzNick

[17] HGTV

[18] Ivy In The Bay

[19] Better Homes & Gardens

[20] BuzzFeed

[21] Langton Designs

[22] BuzzFeed

[23] BuzzFeed

[24] Two Twenty One

[25] The Merry Thought

[26] decor8

[27] Mountain Modern Life

[28] Hello Innovation

[29] One Good Thing By Jillee

[30] Popsugar

[31] HGTV

[32] Popsugar

[33] Landeelu

[34] Lifehacker

[35] Hello Innovation

[36] Mashable

[37] BuzzFeed

[38] Huffington Post

[39] OfficeDesk

[40] Hello Innovation